Sherman Oaks is an 8.1-square-mile (21 km2) district in the San Fernando Valley region of the City of Los Angeles, California. In contrast to much of the Valley, the area is relatively urbanized, with commercial skyscrapers along Ventura Boulevard as well as scattered throughout. In addition, residential densities are highly mixed, with apartment and condominium neighborhoods alongside single-story residential ones. The area is a hub for regional transportation, business, and shopping.
The southern boundary has always been Mulholland Drive. The western boundary is Firmament as it crosses Ventura Blvd. The current northern boundary is Oxnard and the eastern boundary is Coldwater Canyon Avenue from Burbank south to Magnolia where it jogs west so as to reach Fulton Avenue at Ventura Boulevard The line then follows Longridge south to Mulholland.
As of the 2000 census, and according to the San Fernando Valley Almanac, Sherman Oaks has a population of 52,677 people and 25,255 households. The racial makeup of the neighborhood is 3% African American, 5% Asian American, 11% Latino, and 82% White. Other races make up less than 1%. The median single family housing value as of August 2009 is $575,000.
In 2009, the Los Angeles Times's "Mapping L.A." project supplied these Sherman Oaks neighborhood statistics: population: 61,166; median household income: $69,651.
Sherman Oaks was one of the first Valley communities to experience intensive real estate development. Anticipating the development of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913, Los Angeles Suburban Homes Co. purchased 47,500 acres (192 km2) of the southeast Valley in 1910. In 1911, a subdivision map called Tract 1000 was filed with Los Angeles County. From that parcel, one of the partners in the company, General Moses Hazeltine Sherman, bought 1,000 acres (4 km2) for himself. In 1927, Sherman subdivided the property and sold the land for $780 an acre ($0.19/m2).
Sherman Oaks is part of the city of Los Angeles and is represented in the Los Angeles City Council by Second District City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel and Fifth District City Councilman Jack Weiss. The local neighborhood council is the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council. For county, Sherman Oaks is represented by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Third District county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. For state, representatives of Sherman Oaks are California State Assembly 40th District state Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, 42nd District state Assemblyman Michael Feuer, 21st District state Senator Carol Liu, and 23rd District state Senator Fran Pavley. For the Federal level, Sherman Oaks is represented by United State House of Representatives 27th District U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman and United State House of Representatives 28th District U.S. Rep. Howard Berman. Representing all of California, including Sherman Oaks, in the U.S. Senate are U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein.
Many financial corporations, including banks and brokerage houses, are located in the area. Sunkist Growers, one of the country's oldest and largest agricultural cooperatives, has been rooted in Sherman Oaks for almost 30 years.
Los Angeles Fire Department operates Station 88 Sherman Oaks and Station 102 South Van Nuys/Valley Glen in Sherman Oaks. In addition the department operates Fire Station 78, which serves Sherman Oaks, in Studio City.
The Los Angeles Police Department operates the nearby Van Nuys Community Police Station at 6240 Sylmar Avenue, 91401, serving the community.
The United States Postal Service Sherman Oaks Post Office is located at 14900 Magnolia Boulevard.
Sherman Oaks' primary and secondary public schools are part of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Public elementary schools in the area are:
Public secondary schools in the area are:
Private and parochial schools in the area are:
LAVC or Los Angeles Valley College is also located in Sherman Oaks.
Los Angeles Public Library operates the Sherman Oaks Branch.
Sherman Oaks is an affluent neighborhood, with several high-end fashion boutiques, and features many upscale houses and restaurants. One of the city's main claims to fame is the presence of the Sherman Oaks Galleria, a shopping mall identified as a meet-up place for the Valley girls, a 1980s cultural label which became widely known because of the 1983 movie Valley Girl and a song of the same name by Frank Zappa. In addition, a portion of the 1982 movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High was filmed there. After being damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the Galleria eventually was torn down and replaced by an open-air retail and office complex that bears little resemblance to the original mall. Other local shopping options include the Westfield Fashion Square (formerly known as Sherman Oaks Fashion Square), and an assortment of boutiques and restaurants located along Ventura Boulevard. Aerobics and Fitness Association of America operates in Sherman Oaks.
Every April and October, the Chamber of Commerce produces a popular Street Fair, closing down a half-mile stretch of busy Ventura Boulevard for booths, food, and entertainment (including rides for the kids). Upwards of 100,000 visitors stop by each year. Grand Marshals have included Coach John Wooden and actor/child-safety advocate Bryan Cranston (KidSmartz).
Sherman Oaks Sun is a local community newspaper.
Sherman Oaks has significant references in television.